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Parents Guide for
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Since the beliefs that parents want to instill in their children can vary greatly, we ask that, instead of adding your personal opinions about what is right or wrong in a film, you use this feature to help parents make informed viewing decisions by describing the facts of relevant scenes in the title for each one of the different categories: Sex and Nudity, Violence and Gore, Profanity, Alcohol/Drugs/Smoking, and Frightening/Intense Scenes.
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Sex & Nudity

A man says he wants to kiss every square inch of a woman's body.

A man clumsily attempts to flirt with a lingerie saleswoman who is dressed in a very low-cut top, and she lifts the side of her skirt displaying a side view of her stockings and upper thigh.

The man later fantasizes about watching her seductively removing her swimsuit and swimming naked, including a brief shot that shows a side view of her naked breast.

Violence & Gore

Most of the violence is played for humor and comedic effects

A man gets punched by his wife. He falls backward off the couch and lands on his face.

A man tumbles all the way down his stairs while holding wine glasses. The glasses are shattered.

A block of ice from the rain gutter goes flying, crashes through the neighbor's window, and destroys their stereo. We literally see sparks fly when this happens, and a man falls off the roof and into a bush. He is not harmed.

A cat is electrocuted and falls through the carpet of a house. The shape of its body is seen through the carpet, and someone makes a joke about how the cat just spent all nine of its lives.

A man is gagged and brought to a house against his will. He is also kicked in the behind at one point.

A man is knocked to the ground by a ladder when he opens the attic. Then he is whacked in the face three times in a row by a wooden board. He also crashes through the attic when he is sitting on top of the door, and his wife opens it.

A dog gags and vomits under the dinner table. We don't actually see it, but the sounds are heard.

An outdoor explosion knocks a big group of people down in the snow.

The police break down the doors at two different houses and have guns in their hands.

A squirrel is found in a house, causing everyone to get upset. Two women faint, and Clark suggests trapping it in a coat and killing it with a hammer. A dog ends up chasing the squirrel throughout the house, knocking things over and causing a huge mess.

A woman is attacked by a squirrel and a dog at the same time. In the next scene, she is shown with ripped clothes, she is limping, and her face and hair are all dirty.


1 use of fuck (this is cut in the British DVD)

Clark briefly mentions that his family will be the "jolliest bunch of assholes this side of the mountain" during his freakout.

Countless uses of shit, son of a bitch, ass, damn and what the hell. Some of the language is used by kids.

One use of the middle finger.

In the scene where Clark goes crazy, he calls his boss at least 15 names in a row though most aren't profane just rude.

1 use of jackass

A married couple drink champagne as they are making out.

Clark drinks a lot of eggnog when he gets frustrated, implying that it has alcohol in it.

A man drinks a beer early in the morning while standing outside. He burps twice.

One of the grandmothers is a heavy smoker and drinker. She is sometimes seen behaving erratically as a result, laughing and hiccuping, etc...

Ellen smokes a cigarette when she is stressed out by her family.

Ellen throws her alcoholic beverage into the bushes in one scene, while she is frustrated.

Uncle Lewis smokes a cigar in two scenes. At one point, it causes the Christmas tree in the house to literally burn down.

Clark asks where the tylenol is after he calls his boss 15 names in a row.

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